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Cancer Epidemiology/ Cancer Biostatistics
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Khan, Mohammad KA
Supervisor and department
Marcy Winget (School of Public Health)
Yutaka Yasui (School of Public Health)
Examining committee member and department
Ambikaipakan Senthilselvan (School of Public Health)
Department
Department of Public Health Sciences
Specialization
Epidemiology
Date accepted
2014-08-12T14:44:42Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Lung cancer patients of Alberta have lower relative survival compared to their counterparts in Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario. We conducted two population-based cancer mortality studies to explore the underlying reasons. The first study assessed disparities in mortality across five zones of Alberta and compared them to the level of disparities between blacks and whites in the US cancer registries. The degree of the two disparities were similar, but more advanced stages at diagnosis, presumably due to diagnosis delays, was partly responsible for the disparities in the US but not in Alberta. The second study assessed geographical disparity in mortality among non-small-cell lung cancer patients across five zones of Alberta, with and without taking treatment effects into consideration, and estimated variation by oncologist. Treatment variation across zones was observed and this variation was associated with differences in mortality. Patient mortality varied greatly by oncologist.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3N873603
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